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Old 07-31-2008, 02:05 AM   #1
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I had the worst experience with my beer today. I lost an entire 5 gallon batch of beer. Not because I was unsanitary and it was infected. Not that I fermented too hot and had undrinkable esthers. Not that I made a horrible recipe that tasted ungodly.

After racking to a secondary, to add fresh orange zest I dropped my carboy.

It shattered, flooding my kitchen and hallway with delicious smelling beer, and covering my kitchen and bare feet with shards of glass.

I considered asking for a grievance day at work tomorrow, during which I would rebrew it. I dont think my boss would comprehend the enormity of the loss.




 
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:07 AM   #2
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Holy crap! That sucks.

Hopefully you are OK-- no flesh wounds or anything?

I'll raise a pint in remembrance.


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Old 07-31-2008, 02:08 AM   #3
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Sorry for your loss, I feel for ya!...at least it didn't include your toes.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:09 AM   #4
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I guess it is an excuse to buy a Better Bottle Carboy.

 
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:12 AM   #5
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ouch. That sucks. Here's hoping you escaped unscathed.

Are you a better bottle convert now?

 
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:12 AM   #6
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i have maybe a half dozen cuts on my feet and fingers. My room mate has 3 cuts. but no splinters, and just papercut depth cuts.

it could have been a lot worse. The $$$ and more importantly the beer are the real losses here.

the beer smelled SO GOOD too!

I have made a lot of mediocre brews in the past, with fermentation temperature and yeast pitching temp being my biggest culprits, on top of muddled, indecisive combination of flavors. This was my first brew that actually remedied a lot of those things, and my first batch that I was really careful about temperatures on.

Luckily, I have the yeast cake, I never had the chance to clean it or wash it. So it is sitting in the fermenting bucket with the airlock back on at fermentation temp. I am going to rebrew on Monday, and just rack right onto the yeast cake.

 
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:13 AM   #7
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Sorry for your loss. Welcome to the Better Bottle club.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:22 AM   #8
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Just consider yourself lucky you didn't need to take a trip to the hospital. I have scene some nasty pics of carboy accidents.

 
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:27 AM   #9
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That sucks....i think this story is going to make me go get a better bottle tomorrow
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:38 AM   #10
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thanks for the support. i knew this was the place to come to lament...



 
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